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Last Updated : Jan 09, 2018 04:35 PM IST | Source: CNBC-TV18

SC reverses 2016 order making it mandatory to play national anthem in theatres

The Centre will form an Inter-Ministerial Commitee to look into the issue and take further decision on the matter based on the recommendations of the panel.

The Supreme Court today reversed its 2016 order making it mandatory to play the national anthem in cinema halls. The decision came after the government appealed for a reversal of its earlier order.

The Centre will form an Inter-Ministerial Committee to look into the issue and take further decision on the matter based on the recommendations of the panel.

The panel will frame guidelines for circumstances where the national anthem is played or sung, and the decorum that needs to be observed during these occasions.

The committee will be headed by the Additional Secretary (Border Management) in the Ministry of Home Affairs with representatives from a few other ministries, such as the Ministries of Defence and Parliamentary Affairs. The panel was reportedly formed according to an order passed 0n December 5.

The 2016 order had made playing of the national anthem mandatory in cinema halls. According to a News18 report, the 2016 order said that "love and respect for the motherland are reflected when one shows respect to the national anthem as well as to the national flag".
First Published on Jan 9, 2018 01:49 pm
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